Piñol diverts attention to rice crisis during Aquino administration
As pressure mounts for the government to temper the issue on rice, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol reminded the public of a “real rice crisis” which occurred during Aquino administration.
“I asked myself: How soon could these people forget? How could they possibly not understand the true meaning of a ‘Rice Crisis’?” Piñol said.
“The most recent rice crisis happened in 2016 towards the last few months of the Aquino Administration where the very same people complaining of a rice crisis now were the key players,” he added.
Piñol went on to saying that the “Aquino Administration Rice Crisis” led to unrests among farmers who staged rallies and asked government to provide them with rice because their farms were destroyed by the six-month-long El Niño.
According to him, the Aquino Administration’s response was to disperse hungry farmers in Kidapawan City on April 1, 2016 and in the melee, which resulted to one farmer being shot dead and over 100 were injured.
“That was the real Rice Crisis,” Piñol said.
“As Secretary of Agriculture of this country, let me put this on record: There is no rice crisis in the country today. There is no rice shortage,” he further said.
He admitted, however, that the price is “unusually high” but that is because of market speculation, low buying price of palay, and hoarding.